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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Windows or Linux Dedicated Server? – Part 3

Choosing between a Windows and a Linux Dedicated Server Part 3.

If you have chosen a Dedicated Server as your choice of hosting platform, the next stage is to decide what version of operating system to use on your server. The options can be divided into 2 main rivals and then further into different versions of these rivals.

In part 1 and 2 we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each of the different operating system types. To decide which one is best for you, it depends on which of the following criteria are of the most importance to your company or your customers.

If price, reliability, security and speed are important, then the linux operating system can offer you those strengths. The cost is almost always less than an equivalent windows system and it has become the industry standard for web hosting servers, combining with apache (web server) Mysql (database server) and PHP (coding language) it makes the acronym LAMP which you may come across numerous times when investigating web servers.

If reliability, power, familiarity (for windows PC users) and scalability are more important, then windows might be the operating system of choice. The amount of capital behind the developer of windows (Microsoft) means that they are able to create powerful applications for almost any purpose that could be useful.

One of the main deciding points though is if you are familiar with either operating system, almost all companies will chose the system which their system administrators are most familiar and comfortable with or that the software they need to use will work on best.

If you need any assistance in making the choice for the operating system for your dedicated servers, give our sales team a call on 0845 203 1000.

Monday, 21 December 2009

The Key Information Relating To Reseller Web Hosting

Reseller hosting is a particular form of web hosting that has grown in popularity over the past few years. The owner of a reseller account has the ability to split their hard drive space or available bandwidth to host websites on behalf of third parties. The reseller will purchases the host’s services at wholesale prices and then sell them on to customers for a profit. This type of web hosting is especially popular among web designers and developers as it is a great way to offer clients a complete package which incorporates the entire finished product.

The typical web hosting reseller might be a web design firm, web developer or systems integrator who offers web site hosting as an add-on service. Reseller hosting is also an inexpensive way for website hosting entrepreneurs to start a company. Most reseller hosting plans allow resellers to create their own service plans and choose their specific individual pricing structure. Many web hosting resellers are able to establish their own brand name by simply customising the control panels and the name servers.

The owner of the reseller hosting is usually not responsible for the maintenance of the web server. This is often the work of the web host. The reseller will normally communicate directly with the customer, but any hardware, software or connectivity issues are forwarded to the server provider.

CWCS provides reseller packages for both Windows and Linux at competitive rates. We also offer 24/7 expert first-class technical support by both telephone and email.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Windows or Linux Dedicated Server? – Part 2

Choosing between a Windows and a Linux Dedicated Server Part 2.

If you have chosen a Dedicated Server as your choice of hosting platform, the next stage is to decide what version of operating system to use on your server. The options can be divided into 2 main rivals and then further into different versions of these rivals.

Linux dedicated servers have the main advantage of being cheaper than their windows equivalents due to no license costs. The difference for the same specification hardware can range from 20% to 50%. The reason for this is that the Linux distributions rely heavily on their “communities” to maintain their operating systems. This can be a double edged sword, with the possibility some operating systems may cease to be supplied if their community disbands however it usually also means any technical issues can be resolved through the communities free resources rather than expensive support contracts.

The main three distributions of Linux which we recommend are Ubuntu, Debian and CentOS. The first two of these are based on the same architecture and use almost identical commands for much of their functionality, so moving from using Debian to Ubuntu or vice versa is fairly straight forward. The main points to note are that new versions of Ubuntu tend to be fairly frequent however many have shorter support lifetimes. Debian versions are less frequent but their versions support 5 year life cycles. CentOS is based heavily on RedHat Enterprise, a subscription Linux distribution. It tends to have long life cycles, however the version of software like PHP, Apache and MySQL will not change over the course of these life cycles so you could be stuck with an old version for some time.

Most server Linux installs tend to come without a GUI (graphical user interface) unlike windows so it can seem daunting to manage and use which is why it is less popular with users who are used to Microsoft operating systems on their own PCs.

Next week, Part 3.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Firewall Protection For Dedicated Servers

Anyone who has had a bad experience with a virus, worms or any other malicious software will really appreciate the potential importance of a firewall. More so if the person or company is running a server which provides a service to internet clients (not Virtual Private Networks), which could potentially support over one million users per month via the web. The firewall is used in conjunction with a web server purely as a security measure. The function of the firewall is to accept or deny the transfer of data to and from external sources.

The dedicated server firewall is established and operates around a particular set of rules or criteria that forces the data being transferred to adhere to them. If the criteria are not met then the data does not pass through. The ‘trust level’ of the internet is generally regarded as extremely low, due to the fact that worms and viruses can be easily sent over the internet through emails or websites visited. These worms or viruses can be extremely harmful to a computer and dedicated server hosting, and may even render it inoperable.

There are two types of firewall – software and hardware. The software firewall, although effective, can use up a lot of resources if the dedicated server is hosting a busy website. The hardware firewall takes a lot of stress off the work, allowing the dedicated server to use its own resources and thus not compromising performance.

CWCS provides high-quality dedicated server hosting with dependable firewalls.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Virtual Hosting

Anyone requiring to host more than one domain name on a single computer will quite often use the option of virtual web hosting, sometimes on the same IP address. Virtual web hosting is one of the most popular options available for hosting at the moment. This is mainly due to it being one of the most reasonable forms of web hosting available in today’s market.




Virtual web site hosting is also known as shared web hosting and it allows the owner of a website to host his/her site on a web server that will be shared with other websites. In other words, the server of the virtual web site hosting company will allocate its services and bandwidth to more than one website. This makes the costs slightly cheaper than that of a dedicated server and thus an ideal solution for the small to medium sized website;, especially if they don’t experience heavy traffic on their site.




Many small-to-medium sized businesses opt for virtual servers for internal purposes, where there is a technological or administrative reason to keep several separate websites, such as customer extranet website, employee extranet, internal intranet or intranets for different departments. If no security concerns are present in the website architectures, they can be merged into one complete server using virtual hosting technology, which can reduce the management and administrative overheads and the number of individual servers required to support the business.




At CWCS we offer a range of packages to suit the budgets of small and large businesses at very competitive rates.

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